Bangs Photo Journey

My camp resides in a postage stamp sized grassy environment.  These grasses cover much of the island with a density that makes exploring without adequate protective clothing impossible.  The tree population is 90% deciduous scattered about in small stands.  There are no trails here.  I’m glad as there are few islands in the bay devoid of human intrusion.

Reminder:  Click on Any photo for full-screen.

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Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown Tail Moth

There is a Brown ail Moth Caterpillar near the tent.   The are limited to the coast of Maine and Cape Cod at this time but once covered much of New England.  This moth is oh so not nice as its larva eats voraciously, defoliating trees and shrubs and the caterpillar has poisonous microscopic hairs.  Contact with these hairs cause a poison ivy type rash that may last from a few days to several weeks.  It can become a full-blown dangerous allergic reaction in some people.  Their nexts are built at the ends of branches rather than in the croch like gypsy moth. Click for source and more information.

 

Altocumulous perlucidus

Altocumulous perlucidus

The sky is changing from mostly clear to cloudy.  These clouds are Altocumulus perlucidus which are a mid-level cloud forming at heights from 1.2 to 4.5 miles above sea level.  Height is determined by the severity of atmospheric disturbance.  They are formed by the accumulation of moisture and air that is forced high enough for the clouds to form.  The heating of the ocean provide the moisture in this case and the upward movement of air is most likely due to convection.  The perlucidus version of altocumulous clouds indicate a change in weather within six to eight hours.  VHF does call for deteriorating weather and rain in the evening.  Click on any of following for resource and info.  Clouds online   Names of Clouds   WeatherOnline

I head over to my dry clothing and gear, stuff it in a bag once more, carry it back to camp and put each item in its place which is mostly in the cockpit, sealed under my dive flag “cover.”  Camera in hand I walk to what’s left of my sandless beach to capture a few more scenes and plants before hiking up over the cliffs toward the south as far as possible to grab a few more photos.  This shouldn’t take long as the cliff exposure is a very short distance before hitting trees, shrubs and brush.  The tide is rising as well which will cut this portion off if I wait much longer.  I’ll take my nap later.

Zoomed in on buoy from cliff.  It’s position and movement indicates current and speed.

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About Just Jude

I grew up on a small farm in Michigan but have always felt the urge to wander and began doing so as a teenager. Since that time, I've hiked, biked and paddled in every season; not for sport, but for the journey.

Posted on April 16, 2015, in Bangs island, Casco Bay, Clouds, Kayaking, LIchen, Maine, Maine Coast, Nature, Photos, Plants, Rocks, Solo Journeys, Twenty One Days at Sea, Weather and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Interesting article! 🙂
    I wonder if I’d be affected by the hairs of the caterpillars? I am not affected by most insects; bee stings don’t even make me swell. But poison ivy sure takes its toll on me. It seems like some kind of revenge from the plant world… due to me being a vegetarian! 🙂

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  2. Loved all the great photos and the information. A wonderful post as usual. I really enjoyed your attention to to the small details as well as the big picture. Thank you! 🙂

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  3. Hello, Nice post, but the caterpillar you show is not Euproctis chrysorrhoea. I did my PhD with them and I know them very well (and the skin rashes they produce too!)

    Enric Frago

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    • Thank you for your gracious correction. I went to your url and found your article on Euproctis chrysorrhoea. I plan to read it at some point this week. Something I will enjoy very much. Would you be willing to enlighten me as to what this caterpillar is, including a link or two so I can do the proper research and make the necessary corrections.
      I love the little worlds that have such an impact on our lives and the impact we have on them, be it good or bad.
      Thanks again!

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